Minnetonka police are investigating whether a series of vandalism and harassment incidents targeting a predominantly black church in town are the work of one man, who they said was filmed smearing feces on the church and flashing what appeared to be a white-power hand signal.
Police say the incidents targeted Destiny Hill Church, at 13207 Lake Street Extension, date back to the spring of 2018, when a neighbor “dumped garbage and furniture on the church’s property,” according to a search warrant affidavit filed this week.
“Since that time there has been ongoing instances of vandalism at the church that [the neighbor] is suspected of committing,” a search warrant affidavit said.
The man was arrested Tuesday but released pending charges after his 36-hour jail hold expired.
The Star Tribune generally does not name suspects before they are charged.
In recent months, the incidents have become more common, forcing church officials to install more security cameras and erect “no trespassing” signs around the property, police said.
In a June 3 episode, a man resembling the suspect was recorded walking up to the church, flashing his middle finger at a camera, and placing a sticky note on the front door, which read “YOU ARE TRESPASSING,” according to the affidavit. Before walking off, the man is seen forming his hand into an upside-down “OK” sign, a symbol used by white supremacists, police said.
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Source: Star Tribune